Lines Across: How to Intensify your Eye Liner

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Intensify your Eye Liner

I have a few eyeliners that I never use because they don't work very well. Instead of getting a thick black line, I end up with a thin grayish line and I have to mark over and over. So when I saw this tip at The Beauty Department a few weeks ago, I knew I had to try it out.

Basically, you hold your pencil liner in an open flame for less than a second. Apparently, this is an old beauty trick that people used to use in Hollywood a long time ago before gel liners. I was a little skeptical, but it seemed like it might work.


What you do: Run the tip of your pencil eye liner through an open flame for less than a second. Let it cool before you use it. If it melted slightly, reshape the point as it cools. Of course be very careful not to use it on your face until you are SURE it has cooled. And, that's it.


How it worked: I think I held the point in the flame for slightly too long, because it melted. I was able to shape it back mostly, and use it. It was crazy. The results were instant, even though it had melted. My never used "gray" eyeliner now was the perfect smoky black line. It was very easy to apply. I was also worried that it would smudge and smear much too easily, but it stayed in place as much as any eyeliner. I will definitely use this trick again!




13 comments:

  1. Huh. Handy trick. I also gave up on eye pencils for nearly the same reason. I've been using a dark eyeshadow and thin brush to try for the same effect.

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    1. I do that, too, and the best part is then I have practically an infinite number of eyeliner colors!! and the wet eyeshadow gets closer to and between the lashes, so the line looks neater!

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  2. Wow....I did this all the time in the 80's! Old Trick that still works.

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  3. Oh wow, I never knew this trick! I'm going to have to try it. I have so many eyeliners that I don't use any more. Pinning :)

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  4. I also spent most of the eighties using this same tip to get the most out of my liners and its nice to know that trick is still around

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  5. Great tip! I will be sure to give this a try. Can't believe it makes that much of a difference :)

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  6. What eyeshadow are you wearing in these pictures? So pretty!

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    1. Thanks. It is the Stila Ethereal Trio, but mostly just a little of the middle color.

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    2. Looks like I will be purchasing that, haha! Thanks :)

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  7. I used to watch my aunt and older cousins do this back in the 80's and early 90's and I know it goes back further than that! It IS an old trick!

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  8. i do this every morning, but i HAVE to do it, because after a while, the eyeliner will harden

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